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Youngsters Build Homes for Screech Owls
Mountain-Prairie Region, September 29, 2005
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About 100 youngsters learned about screech owls and then built houses for them in a Sept. 29 workshop at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor, N.D.

The young people, mostly Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H members, used pre-cut lumber prepared by the woodworking class at Dakota Boys Ranch, and paid for by the Sakakawea Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Great River Energy and Audubon NWR.

After the young builders find sites for the houses, they’ll keep checking them and keep learning about the species. The first occupants are expected in the spring.

In previous workshops, participants built bird feeders, wren houses and bluebird boxes. Refuge personnel hope the events will make the participants want to learn more about birds, and lead to an increase in bird watching.

Contact Info: Kenneth Torkelson, 701-355-8528, kenneth_torkelson@fws.gov
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